Register now: Workshop on fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions. Places still available!

fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions

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13/12/2017

Palmer 1.09, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading, UK, RG6 6AL

 

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Psycho-Neurolinguistics Lab at the University of Reading are jointly organising a day workshop titled: “fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary approaches in the study of language processing with the use of functional MRI and related methods. It will bring together early career and established researchers and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well help discuss and unveil potential future directions for research.

Registration now open! For more information, and to register for free, visit the workshop website (https://christoslab.wordpress.com/fmri_language/)

Keynote speakers:

Andrea Santi (UCL)

Jenni Rodd (UCL)

Mirjana Bozic (University of Cambridge)

Etienne Roesch (University of Reading)

This free event is organised by the Neuroscience theme of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), and is co-funded by CeLM and CINN.

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Conferences, workshops, talks -busy week ahead for our lab! Come and say hi!

Next week we will all be engaged in various conferences, talks an events:

-More specifically,  I will be at the Conference on Multilingualism (COM2017) at Groningen, the Netherlands, presenting Vince Deluca’s PhD project with the title:  The Bilingual Gradient: Investigating the effect of the bilingual experience on neural structure. My presentation is scheduled for Monday morning at 11.15 am.

-In the meantime, Vince will be travelling to the USA, to present his project at the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language in Baltimore, where his poster presentation is scheduled for Friday morning at 10 am.

-On Thursday I am invited to give a talk about our research at the University of Westminster, London, scheduled at 5 pm.

-And finally, on Friday Toms Voits and I will attend a workshop related to native language attrition, titled The Importance of the Native Language – Practitioner Day, at Birkbeck College, London.

So good times, and busy times! If you are around in any of these events, come say hi to us!

PhD Studentships in Language Sciences at the University of Reading (i.e. more opportunities to join our lab)

See below for the official announcement from our Research Division. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in our lab, feel free to contact me via the contact form or email.

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading is inviting applicants for PhD studentships to work on topics within the Language, Development and Ageing Research Division. This research division conducts research in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, language development, bi-/multilingualism, and language disorders. We are looking for students interested in pursuing PhD projects along these broad themes. Successful applicants will have full access to facilities within the School, which include eye-tracking, TMS, EEG and MRI, and will become members of various labs and research centres across the School and university. This includes the Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Lab and the Acquired Brain and Communication Disorders Lab within the School, and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics across the university. A number of PhD studentships are currently available for study beginning in October 2018, as described below.

SeNNS Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Reading is part of the ESRC funded SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership which awards studentships for either 3-year PhD study, or combined MSc/PhD study involving a 1-year MSc followed by 3-year PhD. These studentships are open to UK and EU residents on a fees + yearly stipend basis (for UK residents) or a fees only basis (for EU residents). The deadline for applications for these studentships is January 15th, 2018.

 

Magdalen Vernon Studentship
The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences also offers funding via the Magdalen Vernon Studentship. This year, one studentship will be available within the Language, Development and Ageing Research Division. This studentship is open to UK, EU and international students and covers fees at the UK/EU rate plus a yearly stipend. International students are welcome to apply but must be able to pay the difference between UK/EU and international fees. The application deadline for this studentship is December 13th, 2017.

 

University International Research Studentships
The University of Reading also offers studentships to international (non-UK/EU) students. This year, seven International Research Studentships will be available across the university. One award will be made on a fees + stipend basis, while six awards will be made on a fees-only basis. The deadline for applications for International Studentships is January 26th, 2018.

 
Further information on all schemes is available via the university’s Graduate School Website. Interested applicants should contact the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at pcls.pgr@reading.ac.uk to register their interest in applying. Interested applications should also contact potential supervisors at Reading (see staff list within the School here) to discuss their proposal and application.

 

Our lab at Donders Discussions 2017!

This week our own Vince DeLuca will give his first invited talk about his research at the prestigious Donders Discussions meeting, which is organised by and for PhD students in cognitive neuroscience. His talk is scheduled for Friday morning, as part of the parallel session C4: Language control and monitoring which starts at 10 am. The title of his talk is:

A gradient of bilingualism: Investigating the effects of the bilingual experience on neural structure (see below for abstract)

More details about this event can be found here. See you all there!

…and of course, well done Vince!

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Abstract:

Research suggests bi-/multilingualism changes brain structure and affects executive functions (Bialystok, 2016a, b). However, relevant connections are poorly understood and evidence across studies is inconsistent (García-Pentón et al., 2016). The incongruity likely stems, in part, from the inappropriate operationalization of bilingualism as a categorical variable whereby several potentially deterministic factors are conflated under a so-called single factor (e.g. second language age of acquisition (L2 AoA); Luk & Bialystok, 2013). It is likely that differential outcomes are modulated by relative weights of key (variable) factors pertaining to the L2 experience (Abutalebi & Green, 2016; Grundy et al., 2017), therefore, teasing them apart is crucial to understanding some current debates. The present study examines bilingualism as a spectrum: experience-based factors are assessed using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging (MRI) methods. Bilingual participants living in the UK were scanned, completed an English proficiency test (the Oxford QPT; Geranpayeh, 2003), and a language background questionnaire (LSBQ; Luk & Bialystok, 2013). Demographics from the LSBQ, including length of L2 immersion, and L2 AoA, were run as predictors in analyses on the acquired neuroimaging data. Preliminary results suggest that changes in brain structure are tied to length of active usage of both languages.

Register now: Workshop- fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions

Date: 13/12/2017

Venue: Palmer 1.09, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading, UK, RG6 6AL

The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Psycho-Neurolinguistics Lab at the University of Reading are jointly organising a day workshop titled: “fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary approaches in the study of language processing with the use of functional MRI and related methods. It will bring together early career and established researchers and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well help discuss and unveil potential future directions for research.

Registration now open! For more information, and to register for free, visit the workshop website (https://christoslab.wordpress.com/fmri_language/)

Keynote speakers:

Andrea Santi (UCL)

Jenni Rodd (UCL)

Mirjana Bozic (University of Cambridge)

Etienne Roesch (University of Reading)

This free event is organised by the Neuroscience theme of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), and is co-funded by CeLM and CINN.

New PhD student in our lab!

A warm welcome to Toms Voits, the new addition to our lab! Toms will conduct a series of longitudinal studies investigating the effects of bilingualism on cognition and brain structure and function in patients with dementia and in healthy older adults! This exciting project is funded by a University of Reading Anniversary Studentship, and will be co-supervised by Holly Robson and Jason Rothman.

 

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And here is a photo of our lab, with a very special guest! From left to right: Vince DeLuca, Noam Chomsky, Christos Pliatsikas, Toms Voits. From a recent visit by professor Chomsky to the University of Reading.

If you too are interested in pursuing a PhD in our lab, feel free to email at c.pliatsikas[at]reading.ac.uk,  or use the contact form.

Welcome Toms!